Lake Dardanelle State Park

Surrounded by the beautiful Ouachita Mountains to the south and the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozarks to the north, Lake Dardanelle offers some of the finest fishing and boating resources in Arkansas. Formed by the Arkansas River, this 34,000-acre man-made lake is two miles west of Russellville in Pope and Yell Counties. Lake Dardanelle State Park provides picnicking and boat launching at three areas on the lake. The Russellville and Dardanelle areas also offer camping.


Camping - The main park campground, the Russellville Area, has 64 class "A" campsites (one barrier-free); the Dardanelle Area has 18 sites; no camping is available in the Ouita Area. The Russellville area is open all year, Dardanelle closes from November 1 to March 31 and Ouita from October 1 through March 31. Boat ramps are open, a day use fee is required.

Class "A" campsites include dual-voltage hook-ups, freeze-proof water connections and modern bathhouses plus a table and grill at each site. A sanitary trailer station is centrally located in the Russellville Area.

Other Facilities - Spend a pleasant afternoon playing miniature golf in the Russellville Area or have a family picnic by the lake at one of the park's many picnic sites (all areas). Group pavilions may be reserved for a modest fee in all park areas. The park's Visitor Center is in the Russellville Area. A marina is conveniently located in the Russellville Area, plus a small boat dock in the Dardanelle Area (both privately owned and operated). The Sport Fishing Management and Development Area at the Russellville and Dardanelle Areas offers complete fishing needs. Shopping, hospitals and restaurants are conveniently located in nearby towns just minutes away.

NOTE: Campers must register at the Visitor Center before occupying a site. All sites are assigned; limited reservations available. Group pavilions must be reserved at the Visitor Center before being used (deposit required).


Fishing - Although stringer-busting catches of crappie, bream and catfish are common, bass in the record weight class attract plug chunkers from all over the country. Take a short drive to the waters below the Dardanelle Dam and try your skills on the 40-pound plus catfish or the 200-pound-and-up alligator gar which lurk here in the depths of the Arkansas River.

Recreation - Fun on Lake Dardanelle comes in many varieties: waterskiing, swimming in well-marked beach areas, sailing the open waters along the lake's 3l5 miles of shoreline, or cruising by power boat through the locks and dams of the Arkansas River northwest to Tulsa or down to the Mississippi River and on to New Orleans. For those who wish to explore the lake area by land, bicycles may be rented at the Visitor Center (Russellville Area). Also, available is a barrier-free playground.

Interpretive Services

During the summer months (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day), interpretive programs are offered to all park visitors. Programs include guided hikes, nature talks and demonstrations, plus evening slide shows and movies at the park's outdoor amphitheater (Russellville Area main park). The Meadowbrook Self-Guided Trail (.8-mile) is also available at the Russellville Area for your outdoor pleasure (ask at Visitor Center for a trail guide).


From l-40 (Exit 81) at Russellville, take Hwy. 7 south, then turn right on Hwy. 326 and travel 4 miles to the main park; OR, from west on l-40, take Exit 78, go left on US 64 just 2 miles, then right on Hwy. 326 to the park.

For further information on park hours, fees, and services, contact:

Lake Dardanelle State Park
Route 5, Box 358
Russellville, AR 72801
Telephone: (501) 967-5516 (Russellville)

For information on Arkansas' other fine state parks, contact:

Arkansas State Parks
One Capitol Mall, 4A-900
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 682-1191

All park services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Arkansas State Parks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 7 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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